Daily Archive: November 18, 2011

Nov 18

Atrial Septal defect closure Device or Surgery- is the debate justified.

A significant ostium secundum ASD require closure..The advent of percutaneous device closure of ASD has slowly changed the treatment pattern of secundum ASD and established itself as a minimally invasive and safe  and preferable alternative to surgical closure in selected case under expert hand. The short hospital stay, absence of surgical scar and avoidance of …

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Nov 18

More than one sugared drink a day is a cardiac risk factor

A longitudinal study showed that those women who reported drinking at least two sugar-sweetened beverages every day were more likely to gain weight, increase waist size, and develop impaired glucose tolerance, according to Christina Shay, PhD, of the University of Oklahoma in Oklahoma City. The same associations were not seen in men. Sugar-sweetened beverages have …

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Nov 18

Dialysis rooms to offer Pomegranate Juice

Patients on hemodialysis consuming a moderate amount of pomegranate juice for a year can lead to a continuous, cumulative, beneficial effect on their lipid profile, their blood pressure, and the number of antihypertensive medications they are on as per Dr Batya Kristal, from the Nephrology Department at the Western Galilee Hospital in Nahariya, Israel who …

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Nov 18

New adult ALS changes from previous guidelines

a. Using a chronotropic ( dopamine 2-10 mcg.kg/mt or nor epinephrine 2-10 mcg/minute) agent for unstable bradycardia as an alternative to external pacing b. Using adenosine for the diagnosis and treatment of regular, wide complex, monomorphic tachycardia. 6 mg IV push followed by IV saline push. 12 mg repeat dose if required. c. Not using …

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Nov 18

Moderate to severe MR in MV disease require less intensive anticoagulation to prevent LA thrombus

Atrial fibrillation predisposes to LA thrombus but concomitant mitral regurgitation prevents LA stasis and thrombus formation. In a study by Dr J Yusuf and group from GB Pant Hospital Delhi to be presented at the forthcoming 63rd annual CSI has shown that the presence of concomitant moderate to severe MR in patients of rheumatic mitral …

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Nov 18

Facts and figures in cardiology

Indian have more double (DVD) and triple vessel disease (TVD), diffuse involvement, distal disease and significant left ventricular dysfunction at presentation. (Circulation 1998, 97: 596-601)